Appalachian Ohio Solar Jobs Network Press Conference

A diverse set of business, consumer advocate and environmental leaders including members of the Appalachian Ohio Solar Jobs Network discussed the need for renewable energy jobs and the economic impact of the renewable energy economy in Ohio at a press conference today. To watch the entire press conference, please click here.


Ohio Farmers Union Endorses Highland County Solar Project


Public Utilities Commission of Ohio hears public testimony in AEP Ohio’s bid for the state’s largest solar development.


COLUMBUS, OH – A diverse set of business, consumer advocate and environmental leaders including members of the Appalachian Ohio Solar Jobs Network discussed the need for renewable energy jobs and the economic impact of the renewable energy economy in Ohio at a press conference today. The announcement immediately preceded the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) public hearing of a proposal from American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio that would result in two massive solar projects in Highland County. READ MORE.

First Public Hearing on Ohio’s Largest Solar Energy Project Draws Diverse Support


Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing

AEP Ohio’s proposal to build two solar plants in southern Ohio had strong backing at a public hearing Tuesday. It was hard to find an opponent at Tuesday’s state hearing over American Electric Power’s proposal to build two solar plants in southern Ohio. More than 50 people testified at the hearing at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and all of them glowed about the project from an economic and environmental prospective. READ MORE.


Business, construction and development leaders across Appalachia are rallying in support of AEP's plan to build the largest solar farm in Ohio history.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio held its first public hearing this week on AEP Ohio's plan to build two solar farms in Highland County: the 300-megawatt Highland Solar Farm, and the 100-megawatt Willowbrook Solar Farm. READ MORE.

AEP's bid for Ohio's largest solar farm could be 'landmark case' for state's energy industry


Highland County solar projects pending approval

Local and area officials gathered in Columbus on Tuesday to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve the construction of two massive solar farms in Highland County that could potentially bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the area.

As previously reported, AEP Ohio filed a proposal with PUCO in September to support the development of the facilities, which are expected to generate $6.7 million in local tax revenue and save customers approximately $200 million over the next 20 years. READ MORE.


Environmental Group Teams Up With Coal Company To Support Ohio Solar Energy Farm

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Boich Companies, a coal investor, are calling on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve what would be the largest solar farm in Ohio. The renewable energy project would be developed in Highland County, an Appalachian area the coalition says is in need of support. READ MORE.


New U.S. Senate Bill Would Help Veterans Secure Jobs in Clean Energy

A newly introduced bipartisan bill aims to help U.S. veterans gain training and credentials to secure jobs in the fast-growing sectors of the low- and zero-carbon-emissions energy industry.

U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., have introduced the Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2018, which is designed to help ease the transition back to civilian life for service members and strengthen the economy by connecting employers in solar, wind, nuclear and cyber energy industries with veterans. READ MORE. 


Three Massive Projects Look to Put Ohio on the Solar Map

When the words “Ohio” and “solar” are used in the same sentence, chances are that sentence is referring to the system we live in and not the energy source that provides me a job, and with fair reason. Ohio is the birthplace of 24 astronauts, more than any other state. Ohio is also home to only 176 MW of installed solar PV capacity, more than 22 other states, but far from a leading position.

58% of Ohio’s electricity comes from coal, while solar accounts for less than 1%. However, three proposed solar projects, one on the site of a former coal mine, are looking to change that. If all three projects are approved and built, they would increase Ohio’s solar capacity almost 250%. READ MORE. 


AEP Ohio to Develop 900 MW of Wind and Solar as Part of Agreement

AEP Ohio will install 900 MW of new wind and solar generation thanks to the approval of its Electric Security Plan.

Under the plan, approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, AEP Ohio has pledged to develop 400 MW of solar and 500 MW of wind via a secured method to request approval from PUCO for new resources. READ MORE. 


AEP Ohio gets go-ahead to add more renewables to grid

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power company, received approval of its Electric Security Plan (ESP) from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). The ESP allows AEP Ohio to expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging and renewable generation, while continuing to enhance distribution grid reliability. The ESP also offers customers rate stability through 2024. More than a dozen groups had signed onto the agreement approved today by the PUCO. READ MORE. 


Ohio Regulators Green-Light Utility's $10M Plan to Install More EV Charging Stations

(TNS) — The effort to increase the number of electric cars in Columbus, Ohio, got a boost from state regulators Wednesday.

The Public Utilities of Commission of Ohio gave American Electric Power Ohio approval to spend up to $10 million on rebates and incentives meant to encourage development of as many as 375 electric-vehicle charging stations in AEP's service territory in Ohio.

The $10 million is part of a plan that sets electricity rates through 2024. AEP's 1.3 million customers in the state will pay for the rebate through a charge on their utility bills. READ MORE. 


Regulators OK AEP Ohio’s Plan To Expand Wind, Solar

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (AEP) company, has received approval of its Electric Security Plan (ESP) from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

The ESP allows AEP Ohio to expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging and renewable generation while continuing to enhance distribution grid reliability. The ESP also offers customers rate stability through 2024. More than a dozen groups had signed onto the agreement, the company says. READ MORE. 


Power Giant AEP Talks Up Clean Energy, but Coal Is Still King in Its Portfolio

When American Electric Power (AEP) announced what it called a significant decarbonization program, a lot of people took notice.

After all, the company was promising to cut its greenhouse gas emissions down to 60 percent of the level they were in 2000, and get there by 2030, then reach 80 percent by 2050. Along the way, it was proposing to build what would be the biggest wind farm on American soil. READ MORE. 


AEP proposes mechanisms to procure 900 MW of wind, solar projects

As America’s utilities move to a future of renewable energy, storage and electric vehicles, some have to be prodded along, and others are being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

While this week pv magazine has reported on major settlements in Florida and Coloradowhich will result in up to 1.4 GW of new solar coming online, we and many other media outlets missed a settlement between Ohio’s AEP and environmental groups last Friday which finalizes a 2015 agreement for the utility to procure and/or build 400 MW of solar and 500 MW of wind in Ohio over the next four years. READ MORE. 


New Utility Plan to Advance Ohio’s Clean Energy Economy

(COLUMBUS, OH) The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today approved AEP’s Electric Security Plan (ESP), which includes numerous developments that will significantly enhance and diversify Ohio’s clean energy economy. The deal, which Environmental Defense Fund and the Ohio Environmental Council signed on to, will avoid unnecessary electricity bill increases, unlock millions in funding, provide customers with more clean energy options, and lower pollution.

The ESP locks in electricity rates for AEP’s customers through 2024 and keeps fixed charges low for residential customers. It also provides over $10 million in funds for an electric vehicle charging station rebate program, as well as over $10 million for microgrid projects to increase grid reliability and resilience. READ MORE. 


Ohio Regulators Give Green Light For New Solar Farms

Ohio officials have approved permits for what would be the two largest solar arrays in the state.

The two projects approved Thursday by the Ohio Power Siting Board are the Hardin Solar Center in Hardin County, and the Hillcrest Solar Farm in Brown County. If built, the combined capacity of the projects would be 275 megawatts. READ MORE. 


Three massive projects look to put Ohio on the solar map

When the words “Ohio” and “solar” are used in the same sentence, chances are that sentence is referring to the system we live in and not the energy source that provides me a job, and with fair reason. Ohio is the birthplace of 24 astronauts, more than any other state. Ohio is also home to only 176 MW of installed solar PV capacity, more than 22 other states, but far from a leading position.

58% of Ohio’s electricity comes from coal, while solar accounts for less than 1%. However, three proposed solar projects, one on the site of a former coal mine, are looking to change that. If all three projects are approved and built, they would increase Ohio’s solar capacity almost 250%. READ MORE. 


Chint investigates U.S. manufacturing

The new U.S. manufacturing following President Trump’s imposition of import duties on solar cells and modules under Section 201 has to date been almost exclusively module assembly. In fact, other U.S. solar manufacturing sectors appear to have suffered under the move. This includes racking, tracking and mounting systems makers, which have had to deal with both the market impacts of Section 201 and increases in material prices due to steel and aluminum tariffs. READ MORE. 


Ohio regulators set hearings on two solar projects

Ohio regulators have set public hearings on two proposed solar farms in southern Ohio, Kallanish Energy reports.

Today, the Ohio Power Siting Board will hold an information meeting in Hillsboro on a 150-megawatt solar facility planned by Willowbrook Solar I LLC in Highland County. That company is a subsidiary of Open Road Renewables. READ MORE. 


Ohio Power Siting Board Holding Hearing On 125 MW Solar Facility

Following delays last year, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) is holding a hearing on July 24 to allow members of the public to express their views regarding Vinton Solar Energy LLC’s proposal to construct a solar facility in Vinton County. READ MORE.